The Paris issue

Our October issue is on sale - the Paris special. Grab your copy for all-things Parisian, plus ultimate French baking recipes and more.

Subscribe to Gourmet

Subscribe to Australian Gourmet Traveller before October 24, 2016 and receive 3 BONUS ISSUES - save 46%.

Gourmet on your iPad

Subscribe to Gourmet Traveller for your iPad.

Anthony Bourdain and Victor Churchill to team up in New York City

Anthony Puharich of Victor Churchill

Anthony Puharich of Victor Churchill

Anthony Bourdain has unveiled the site of his bold new $60-million street-food market in New York - and in a surprise twist he has also revealed that Victor Churchill will be going along for the ride.

Opening on Pier 57 on the Hudson in the Meatpacking District in late 2017, Bourdain's market will bring together about 100 food retailers and wholesalers he has encountered on his travels around the world while filming his various television programs, in a space bigger than anything the city has seen before.

"The way people eat has changed," he told the New York Times. "They want to be at counters and communal tables. They want heat and funk and chicken wings that set their hair on fire. They're as quick to brag about the greatest $3 bowl of laksa as a dinner at Ducasse. That's what I want to create for New York - some place where I would want to eat. Right now, there is nothing like that."

"If you want some fine Spanish ham and a glass of cava, you can get that," he said. "But there will also be China Straits noodles." And claypot rice from Singapore, and sea urchin tostadas from the La Guerrerense cart in Ensenada. And, it seems, dry-aged Australian beef.

The Sydney connection began when Bourdain first visited the Woollahra butchery shortly after it opened in 2009. "He came again when he was filming the Sydney episode of No Reservations," says Anthony Puharich, director of Victor Churchill and Vic's Premium Quality Meats. "We just stayed in touch.

"He loves the history of Victor Churchill, he loves my dad. I admire and respect him, and have become very comfortable working with him."

The Manhattan branch of the butchery will be much like the one in Sydney, says Puharich: a gleaming showcase for meat and charcuterie, replete with a shiny French rôtisserie for chickens and a quirky approach to visual merchandising, but "blown up and enlarged for New York".

The move isn't without its risks and challenges. Bourdain was quoted in the New York Times saying that he thought Victor Churchill was "the world's most beautiful butcher's shop", but, the paper sniffed in reply, "Imagine, bringing a butcher back to the meatpacking district".

Puharich admits to being daunted by the scale of the venture, but is confident in his product. "I believe that Australia produces the cleanest, greenest, safest, best and most consistent meat in the world," he says. "I'm really excited about seeing the best North America can offer, too, but this is an amazing opportunity to share with New York what we can do."

But do they know what a rissole is? "Mate, if they don't now," says Puharich, "they're going to soon."


Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.

Latest news
How to barbecue like Heston Blumenthal
Four ways with olives
GT's first hardcover cookbook is coming soon
Sweet Stone brigadeiros
The second Gourmet Traveller Chinese-language edition is here
Recipes by Stanbuli
Signature Collection

Find out more about the Gourmet Traveller Signature Collection by Robert Gordon Australia, including where to buy it in store and online.

Read More
things to do this autumn

Whether it's foraging for wild mushrooms in a picturesque Victorian forest or watching a film by moonlight in Darwin, we've got you covered with 20 exciting autumn experiences from around Australia.

Read More
Gourmet TV

Check out our YouTube channel for our latest cover recipes, chef cooking demos, interviews and more.

Watch Now

You might also like...

Hot 100 2015 - Food

The world is getting hotter and we’re not talking about glob...

The producers: Two Rivers Green Tea

A leading local tea exporter now offers his leaves to the do...

The producers: Colony honey

A selection of regional monofloral honeys sourced direct fro...

Liquid gold

We find ourselves inexorably drawn to salt caramel in a jar....

The producers: Atssu Divers

Hand-dived abalone, turban shell and sea urchin.

Making a scene

Entertainer Julia Zemiro notes there’s little difference bet...

Game of Thrones food

Pat Nourse caught up with George RR Martin to talk about one...

Deutscher’s Turkey Farm

When it comes to talking turkey, the best birds have lived t...

Sandor Ellix Katz Q&A

Food fermentation 'revivalist' and guru Sandor Ellix Katz di...

The producers: Alexandrina Jersey milk

Meet the producers of the creme de la creme of Australian fu...

On the pass

Looking back over the 20 years she's been in business, Phill...

Gamze smokehouse

Bringing local flavour to artisan-made bacon.

Gourmet Traveller Gourmet Fast app

Now, here's a mighty handful: GT's Gourmet Fast recipes are ...

Food emoji we wish existed

What? More than 200 new pictograms in the latest Emoji set, ...

What is jumbuck?

The jumbuck has leapt straight from the pages of Banjo Pater...

get the latest news

Sign up to receive the latest food, travel and dining news direct from Gourmet Traveller headquarters.